Post # 1
We are considering booking a cruise for our honeymoon but lots of research later it sounds like australian travel agents cannot get the same deals as those based in the USA. & obviously we want the best deal we can get! We were thinking of a Caribbean cuirse through Celebrity as FI fancies their pre-paid drinks package.
So, my question is, how would you recommend booking a cruise? Do you have a travel agent that you can recommend? (unable to post this info on cruisecritic) or Online? (good experiences out there?) or direct with the cruise line? Manmy thanks in advance!!
Post # 3
@Nic01: I booked my cruise online (you can message me for the site if you’d like!). It’s a website that FI’s grandparents use all of the time and they always cruise. A travel agent would work great for you as well.
Post # 4
@Nic01: We booked ours through a travel agent. They can give you a cheaper deal. Plus they will help you with little things like busing to where the boat takes off from, freebies, etc.
Post # 5
We went on a carnival cruise a couple months back. I looked at expedia and those types of websites, but I found the cheapest deal when I just called the cruise line to book! There was a bit of room for negotiation! I was upset I had missed there sale and the cruise we wanted was booked. So the agent lowered another cruise price for us and then gave us one of the better rooms in the category we choose.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center
We’ve booked through cruises.com a couple times, and it was fabulous. We just book the cruise with them, though, and then book the flights through a separate site.
I’ve also heard that using a travel agent is great, because they will make sure everything is easy and get you good deals, but their commission is paid by the cruise lines, and not by you, so it shouldn’t be more expensive than booking everything yourself. I’m not positive about that, but I really want to try going through an agent next time.
Post # 7
@mufflerlove: This negotiation, was it with the cruise line directly (if so, which one!) or a travel agent? There is currently a sale which would give us $400 on board credit! But we aren’t ready to book yet 🙁
Post # 8
We’ve booked all of our cruises directly through the cruise line website. We only sail Norwegian Cruise line so we always go on their site and book it right from there. Went to a travel agent once and found we could get better deals just by booking on our own.
Post # 9
I always use expedia.com (or orbitz.com)
Post # 10
@NowDontLetsBeSilly: Thank you for the website cruise.com – i did have a google but was overwhelemd by the options! Currently searching now…. 🙂
Post # 11
I would just do it online through the cruise line’s website. If necessary, use a proxy that will allow you to get US rates 🙂